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Feed body and soul at library


Repurposed card catalog


Oudoor patio

Knowledge may be food for the soul, but a person still has to eat. Food for Thought, the new café at the Central Library, allows you to nurture both body and soul.

Located on the south end of the library’s fourth floor, the café was added during last year’s extensive renovation of the 70-year-old building.

Last spring, the Vanderbilt community was invited to submit names for the café. A campuswide survey resulted in more than 1,200 responses. The top three choices went to Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, for the final decision. “Food for Thought” rose to the top.

The library’s wireless network extends out to the new terrace for outside dining. A key design element in the café is the repurposing of Vanderbilt’s original card catalog as a objet d’art dividing the serving and eating areas.